The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast

It’s pouring here in Houston and it does not seem like summer is as close as it is. But in the meantime I’m going to wear these beautiful pieces from the Chloe+Isabel summer collection and pretend I’m on vacation. 


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Help your friends in direct sales!

If your friend sells Younqie try it!

If your friend sells Scentsy, try it! 
If your friend sells LulaRoe, try it!
If your friend sells Chloe + Isabel, try it!
If your friend sells Pampered Chef, try it!
If your friend sells Jamberry, try it!
If my friend owned a restaurant… Guess what, I would eat there! If a friend of mine owned a bakery, I would go there! If one of my friends owned a dance studio, I would have my child take lessons there.
So the next time you are walking into a Yankee candle, think about your friend who sells Scentsy and how she struggles to keep up with bills.
Next time you walk into Sephora, think about that Mary Kay / Younique presenter who has a house full of kids and needs to save up for their college education.
Next time you go to a nail salon think about your friend who sells Jamberry and how she wants to help her daughter be the bell of her senior ball.
Next time you walk into Wiliams Sonoma, think about your friend who sells Pampered Chef and how she needs to put food on her table to feed her babies.
And the next time you walk up to KAY Jewelers or Forever 21, think of your friend who sells Chloe + Isabel and how she’s trying to save up money to buy her first house.
At the end of the day these big corporations are going to give absolutely NOTHING back to you, but when you help a small business owner you’re not only helping them but you’re also helping put money back into our economy. 
PS- we give WAY better incentives and hook ups- like FREE stuff too. And sometimes a big hug!!!

Giving Up Not An Option

Giving Up Not An Option

Last Thursday I was unexpectedly laid due to “budget cuts” they said. Yet I’m aware that the current political climate within the Union I was employed by is unstable so I am certain that the “budget cuts” excuse is not accurate but I have no way of proving it. So there I was feeling like a pitiful sad-sack of emotions. The thirty minutes it took me to reach the bus stop I alternated between worrying about projects I left behind and sobbing uncontrollably. My friends M, K & R all called to let me vent and reassure me. As did my Sister, my Father, Aunt, and cousins. My Facebook friends all rallied to cheer me up. Even my son’s father called to let me know I can count on him if I need anything. I am loved. My cup runneth over…

  

So now what?

While I would love to be able to work from home and/or create my own business truthfully I am terrified!  How am I going to make ends meet? What bills am I going to have to defer and for how long? I forgot how disorienting, stressful and difficult it can be to be unemployed and without any prospects.  

Although I did start updating my resume I mostly gave myself a break over the weekend and allowed myself to mourn the loss. Then early Monday morning I finished updating my resume and scouring the want ands for my next admin gig. 

  

The immediate plan is to use my severance pay (when it finally arrives) to pay rent this month while I search for a new gig. The fear is still there. However, I realize that  the layoff is simply the end of one chapter in my life. I have to take this opportunity to build myself back up and find that new beginning for myself and my Son.  

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The lack of a 9-to-5 also opens up my schedule to market my online Chloe+Isabel jewelry boutique full-time which I really didn’t have time for while I was stuck in the office.  

Generally I market my business through social media, holding online events to drive traffic to my boutique.  Now that my schedule is completely open I am excited about using this time to have some personal or group styling sessions.   

 

If you haven’t already, please visit my boutique. The jewelry is so versatile, especially the convertible jewelry.  Each piece can be worn in a variety of ways for maximum use and value.  Plus, all C+I jewelry is hypoallergenic, lead safe, nickel free and comes with a LIFETIME REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE. Yes, I said lifetime!!! 

 

You can find a something that suits your personal style on my boutique:

http://www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/bymaruca

 
I’ll be re-launching my boutique and am working on a special offer. In the meantime please feel free to message me at candibymaruca@gmail.com, if you have any questions. 

Ciao Bella!

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Every brochure about studying abroad makes it sound like the most sublime experience.  It truly sounds like students get the best of both worlds: you get a comprehensive selection of courses that count towards your home university’s requirements and you get to explore the beautiful and historically rich city of Rome!  She’ll get to visit some of the world’s most beloved and iconic landmarks, monuments, and museums, all while living and studying in a culturally and politically dynamic environment.  Studying abroad always appealed to me but I never got the opportunity to do so. Now my gorgeous cousin has the opportunity to travel to Rome, Italy and turn her education into an adventure!

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As the eldest in of three in children in a single-parent household, Kristy is has already beat the odds by being the first in her family to go to the college.  Doors are opening up for her and opportunities like this this study abroad program are only going to expand her horizons!  I am so proud of her!!!

Kristy has worked really hard for this opportunity both in school and at work but I’d like to contribute to her trip by sending her off with some spending money.  To that I’ve organized a Chloe+Isabel online trunk show.  Every now and then I’ll post something here about the jewelry I sell as a merchandiser for Chloe+Isabel.

The party will run through Friday, March 20th and I plan to donate 100% of all sales commission to Kristy’s Rome Travel Fund.

It would mean the world to me if you would check out the Pop-up link:
http://www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/bymaruca/78cba9

Have I Got A Treat For You

I am SO excited to be able to offer my Friends + Family discount to all of you! You have one week, from this second until 12pm EST on Monday, December 15, to take advantage of 25% all those Holiday gifts…or that necklace you’ve had your eye on.
Let me know if you need suggestions or have a particular budget to fit, and I’ll make your shopping experience my priority!

Check out my Holiday 2014 Interactive Gift Guide

https://www.chloeandisabel.com/lb/hol14gg?m=bymaruca

and get your bling shipped out today!

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